The announcement of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping with trade authorities from his country, reaffirms expectations that trade between the two countries will continue to grow.
However, in the view of the executive director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Importers, Distributors and Representatives (Crecex), Luis Fernando Monge, although Jinping's visit to Costa Rica next week guarantees the country will become better known across the board, Crecex does not expect that the ruler will be accompanied by private entrepreneurs interested in doing business with Costa Ricans, although there are some expectations in that regard.
The shipping companies Ocean King and Crowley have raised their prices by $800 for every container imported into Costa Rica.
Luis Fernando Monge, CEO of Crecex, said in early February, representatives from Ocean King and Crowley informed them of the decision to increase the price of transporting goods, calling it "a blow to importers."
The indispensable procedure for the registration of medicines, medical equipment, cosmetics and food takes up to four months at the Department of Health.
Currently, more than three thousand cases are in different phases of the procedure, [all] which are delayed, according to the officials of the Department, due to problems of server capacity where the software registration functions are, invasion by computer viruses, and lack of personnel.